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The General Secretary of GNAT, Mr. Thomas Musah in a letter addressed to the Minister for Education dated 28th March, 2020 requested for measures to be put in place to enable the current crop of Diploma graduates from the 46 public Colleges of Education undergo a mandatory one-year top–up to obtain a degree to ensure equity and fairness as the first batch of B.E.D student teachers are earmarked to complete their programme with degrees in 2022.
This the Diploma graduate teachers applauded and had their fingers crossed..
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In recent developments, the Ministry of Education has sent out invitation to the General Secretary of GNAT, the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), the Director of the Institute of Education – UCC and the T–TEL Team Leader for discussions on matters affecting the professional development of teachers in the country.
The Hon.Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh is to lead the discussions on how best solve the issues affecting the professional development of teachers.
It is expected that at the meeting scheduled to happen on June 2, brings a smile on the faces of the diploma graduate teachers.
In attendance will be the The Minister of State in-charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah and Deputy Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum.
Development of education in this country is a very key sector to the president and most especially the teacher and students therefore, the need for all this reforms.
Mr. Thomas Musa also made a point that, reflections of the past shows that we have ever been where we are now before. Where teachers with Cert ‘A’ had a problems with upgrading to diploma, when their juniors started pursuing Diploma programmes.
This action according to him frustrated the then teachers, because their juniors had the opportunity to be ranked above them all because they delayed the process of top up for this teachers.
Mr. Thomas Musa also suggested that, because some people are now studying to gain degrees, let the diploma holders start with the one-year top up towards attaining their degrees too.
A curriculum should be designed to allow for the one-year top up leading to the award of a degree. So that by the time their juniors come out, they will not be disadvantaged.